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The McGill Library Rare Books and Special Collections began collecting rare materials in the 1850s, and through gift and purchase the holdings now constitute rich and highly diverse research collections. The humanities and social sciences and in particular art and architecture, Canadiana, history, literature, the history of ideas (philosophy and religion), travel and exploration, and the history of the book form the core of the collection. More information can be found on the library’s website http://www.mcgill.ca/library/branches/rarebooks/about


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153 pages ; 22 cm
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Topics: Masson, L. R. -- (Louis Rodrigue), -- 1833-1903 -- Library., Canada -- Bibliography -- Catalogs.,...
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Mar 10, 2019 al-Munavvarī, al-Ḥājj Mullā Muḥammad b. Muḥammad Ḥasan. editor; Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, approximately 1203-1283. ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt. Selections; Damīrī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsá, 1341?-1405, author
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2 volumes in one (564 unnumbered pages) ; 36 x 22 cm.
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Topics: Qazwīnī, Zakarīyā ibn Muḥammad, -- approximately 1203-1283. -- ʻAjāʼib...
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Feb 21, 2019 'Uthmān Beg Ghālib, author
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775 pages, 24 pages (index) ; illustrations ; 24 x 16 cm
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Topics: Zoology., Worms., Insects., Animals., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books &...
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Feb 10, 2019 Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology. Manuscript. Ivanow 176; Ibn Bābawayh al-Qummī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī, 918 or 919-991 or 992, author; al-Ṭāliqānī, Ibn Maḥmūd Muḥammad Zamān, transcriber
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806 unnumbered pages ; 25 x 18 cm
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Topics: Islamic law -- Early works to 1800., Shiites -- Early works to 1800., Manuscripts, Arabic --...
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136 pages ; 19 cm
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Topics: World history -- Early works to 1800., History, Ancient -- Early works to 1800., McGill University...
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Jan 26, 2019 Hill, Janet McKenzie, 1852-1933; E.H. Sargent and Company
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93 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
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Topics: Food processor cooking., Cooking., E.H. Sargent and Company., Sargent's Gem Food Chopper., McGill...
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Oct 6, 2018 al-Sahārnapūrī, 'Iṣmat Allāh ibn A'ẓam ibn 'Abd al-Rasūl author
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58 unnumbered pages ; 22 x 16 cm
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Topics: Mathematics., Algebra., Science., Manuscripts, Arabic -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal., McGill...
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Oct 6, 2018 Idrīsī, approximately 1100-1166
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1 map on 6 sheets : color ; 87 x 191 cm
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Topics: World maps -- Early works to 1800 -- Facsimiles., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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Sep 2, 2018 Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 26.0 x 36.8 cm
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Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Cuckoos., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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Aug 9, 2018 Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 34.8 x 51.0 cm
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Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Lapwings., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
24, [2], [2], 24 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm
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Topics: Cooking., Cooking, Canadian., Flour., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Cookbook...
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Aug 20, 2017 Tory, Henry Marshall, 1864-1947
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19 p. ; 26 cm
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Topics: Khaki University of Canada., Soldiers -- Education, Non-military -- Canada., World War, 1914-1918...
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Jan 23, 2017 Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616; Woodroffe, Paul, illustrator; Moorat, Joseph S., writer of added content; Ballantyne Press, printmaker
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129 pages, [20] leaves of plates : color illustrations, music ; 28 cm
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Topics: Shipwreck victims -- Fiction., Magicians -- Fiction., Spirits -- Fiction., McGill University...
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Jan 31, 2016 Muḥammd Qāsim Tabrīzī, calligrapher
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7 sheets (in various numberings) ; 11 x 10 cm.
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Topics: Calligraphy, Arabic., Manuscripts, Arabic -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal., Calligraphy,...
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Jan 31, 2016 "
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[409] leaves, bound ; 28.6 x 16.7 cm
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Topics: Qurʼan. -- Persian & Arabic., Manuscripts, Arabic -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal.,...
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Jan 24, 2016 Mehren, A. F. (August Ferdinand), 1822-1907; Ibn ʻAsākir, ʻAlī ibn al-Ḥasan, 1105-1176. Tabyīn kadhib al-muftarī
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165 pages ; 25 cm
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Topics: Ashʻarī, Abū al-Ḥasan ʻAlī ibn Ismāʻīl, -- 873?-935?, Ashàri, Abu al-Hasan Àli...
14 v. : ill., ports.
Topics: Civil Service Federation of Canada., Civil service -- Canada -- Societies, etc., Civil service --...
14 v. : ill., ports.
Topics: Civil Service Federation of Canada., Civil service -- Canada -- Societies, etc., Civil service --...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Zatta, Antonio, active 1757-1797; Zatta, Antonio, active 1757-1797. Atlante novissimo
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1 map : hand color ; 30 x 42 cm
Topics: Québec (Province) -- Maps -- Early works to 1800., New Brunswick -- Maps -- Early works to 1800.,...
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- Sanson, Nicolas, 1600-1667; Pugsley, William H. (William Howard), 1912-1993, donor; W.H. Pugsley Collection of Early Canadian Maps
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1 map : hand colored ; 21 x 31 cm
Topics: Canada -- Maps -- Early works to 1800., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Map Room
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[2], 300 pages : illustrations
Topics: McGill University Library Digitized Title, Marvin Duchow Music
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- Clark, Charles, 1806-1880, printer
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1 sheet : 12 x 22 cm
Topics: Bookplates., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Colgate Collection, Bookplates
80 pages (8vo)
Topics: Great Britain -- History -- 18th century., Portland, William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, -- Duke of,...
2 volumes ; 23 cm
Topics: Church of England., Theology -- Early works to 1800., Theology -- History -- 18th century., McGill...
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- Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 33.5 x 47.9 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Corncrake., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...
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- Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 40.6 x 45.7 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Vultures., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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- Gwillim, Elizabeth, 1763-1807, artist.; Wood, Casey A. (Casey Albert), 1856-1942, donor.; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology.
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1 painting : watercolour ; 25.4 x 40.6 cm
Topics: Gwillim, Elizabeth, -- 1763-1807., Quails., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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- Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Fifth Sunday Meeting Association of Canada
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10 volumes : illustrations ; 26-30 cm
Topics: Railroads -- Canada -- Employees., Canada -- Description and travel -- Periodicals., McGill...
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- Fifth Sunday Meeting Association of Canada
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10 volumes : illustrations ; 26-30 cm
Topics: Railroads -- Canada -- Employees., Canada -- Description and travel -- Periodicals., McGill...
14 v. : ill., ports.
Topics: Civil Service Federation of Canada., Civil service -- Canada -- Societies, etc., Civil service --...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
1 map ; 24 x 76 cm
Topics: Real property -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal -- Maps., Coolbrooke Avenue (Montréal,...
1 sheet ; 24 x 10 cm
Topics: Broadsides -- England -- 19th century -- Specimens., Songs, English., McGill University Library...
96 pages ; 15 cm
Topics: Canada -- History -- Rebellion, 1837-1838., Saint-Eustache (Québec) -- History., Saint-Eustache,...
[2], 3-12 pages ; 22 cm
Topics: Ferrer Maldonado, Lorenzo, -- -1625. -- Viaggio dal mare Atlantico al Pacifico., McGill University...
2 v. : illustrations (some folded), maps (some folded) ; 17 cm.
Topics: Lahontan, -- baron de, -- 1666-1716 -- Travel., Explorers -- Canada -- Biography., Canada --...
21 pages
Topics: Bourdages, Louis, -- 1765-1835., Politicians -- Québec (Province) -- Anecdotes., McGill...
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- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888, artist.
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1 online resource.
Topics: Lear, Edward, -- 1812-1888., Birds of prey., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books...
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- Lear, Edward, 1812-1888, artist.
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1 online resource.
Topics: Lear, Edward, -- 1812-1888., Parrots., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare Books &...
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- Gisborne, F. N. (Frederick Newton), 1824-1892, cartographer
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2 maps : colour ; 89 x 120 cm, folded to 24 x 18 cm
Topics: Canada -- Maps., Canada, Western -- Maps., British Columbia -- Maps., Telegraph -- Canada -- Maps.,...
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1 map : sectioned and mounted on linen, colour ; 51 x 70 cm, folded to 20 x 14 cm
Topics: Telegraph -- Canada, Eastern -- Maps., Shipping -- Canada, Eastern -- Maps., Canada, Eastern --...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
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- Rapkin, J; Warren, Henry, 1794-1879; Allen, James Baylis, 1802-1876; Pugsley, William H. (William Howard), 1912-1993, donor; Martin, Robert Montgomery, 1803?-1868; Pick, Alfred John, 1915- donor; W.H. Pugsley Collection of Early Canadian Maps
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1 map : hand colored ; 22 x 30 cm on sheet 28 x 35 cm
Topics: Québec (Province) -- Maps., New Brunswick -- Maps., McGill University Library Digitized Title,...
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- Mensing, Ant. W. M., 1866-1936
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87 pages, 54 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 30 cm
Topics: Mensing, Ant. W. M., -- 1866-1936 -- Art collections -- Catalogs., Frederik Muller & Cie --...
[24], 238 pages, [2] leaves of plates (1 folded) : illustration, map ; 18 cm
Topics: United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775., Canada -- Description and travel --...
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- Hopper, Clara, author
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8 pages ; 22 cm.
Topics: Canadian poetry, McGill University Library Digitized Title, Ryerson poetry chap books, Rare Books...
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- Edelstein, Hyman, 1889-1957; MacDonald, J. E. H. (James Edward Hervey), 1873-1932, designer of book cover
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8 pages ; 22 cm.
Topics: Canadian poetry, McGill University Library Digitized Title, Ryerson poetry chap books, Rare Books...
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56 pages
Topics: Harbors -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal., Montréal (Québec) -- Commerce -- History.,...
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5 preliminary leaves, 112 pages frontispiece, 9 plates 19 cm
Topics: Italy -- Social life and customs., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Manners and customs
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- Bertoni, Ferdinando, 1725-1813; Metastasio, Pietro, 1698-1782; Broughton, John Cam Hobhouse, Baron, 1786-1869, former owner
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55, [1] pages ; 22 cm (8vo)
Topics: Operas -- Librettos., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Operas
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- Desbarats, George Edouard, 1838-1893, publisher
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3 volumes : illustrations ; 37 cm
Topics: Canadian literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals., Canadian literature (English) -- 19th century...
14 v. : ill., ports.
Topics: Civil Service Federation of Canada., Civil service -- Canada -- Societies, etc., Civil service --...
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- Ferres, James Moir.; Gilman, Joseph D.
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Editors: James Moir Ferres, 1835-Dec. 6, 1836; Joseph D. Gilman, Dec. 23, 1836-Apr. 1839
Topics: Missisquoi (Québec) -- Periodicals., Québec (Province) -- Politics and government -- 1791-1841...
14 v. : ill., ports.
Topics: Civil Service Federation of Canada., Civil service -- Canada -- Societies, etc., Civil service --...
5, [i.e. 10], [2], 186, CIV, [2] pages ; 17 cm
Topics: Premonstratensians., Monastic and religious life., Monasticism and religious orders., McGill...
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- Collins, Francis, 1801-1834
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16 pages ; 20 cm
Topics: Aliens -- Great Britain., Aliens -- Canada., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Lande...
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- Wahbī, author
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628 unnumbered pages ; 25 x 14 cm
Topics: Persian poetry., Indian literature., Manuscripts, Persian -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal.,...
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- Khosraw I, Anushirvan, King of Iran, -579.; Muḥammad Ḥasan transcriber; Jalāl al-Dīn Ṭabāṭabāʼī Zavvārī, Muḥammad, translater; Blacker-Wood Library of Zoology and Ornithology. Manuscript. Ivanow 90.
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92 unnumbered pages ; 25 x 16 cm
Topics: Political science -- Early works to 1800., Iran -- Politics and government., Manuscripts, Persian...
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- Gould, John,1804-1881,artist.
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20 leaves of plates
Topics: Gould, John, -- 1804-1881., Birds -- Australia -- Pictorial works., McGill University Library...
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4 pages, [8] leaves of plates : chiefly color illustrations (lithographs) ; 52 cm
Topics: Eglinton, Archibald William Montgomerie, -- Earl of, -- 1812-1861., Tournaments, Medieval --...
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- Clark, Charles, 1806-1880, printer
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1 sheet ; 22 x 15 cm
Topics: Broadsides -- England -- 19th century -- Specimens., Humorous poetry., McGill University Library...
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- Haliburton, Thomas Chandler, 1796-1865
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[9]-viii, [1], 10-262, [16] pages ; 21 cm
Topics: Canada -- Politics and government -- 1837-1838., McGill University Library Digitized Title, Rare...